Hambantota is set to host the third ODI SL vs AFG on Wednesday 7th June. Afghanistan won the first ODI and Sri Lanka won the second. The series is beautifully set for a decider now in the ODI final.
Afghanistan won the first ODI by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka made a strong comeback in the second ODI scoring 232 runs bat first and bowling out the opposition for just 191. Their emphatic victory in the second ODI gives them the lead in the series decider.
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Afghanistan has bad news before the decisive match. Their bowler and T20 captain Rashid Khan is a doubt for the third ODI. He did not play the first two games due to a lower back injury. Without him, Afghanistan’s bowling attack is only half as likely to challenge the Sri Lankans.
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Sri Lankan and Afghanistan they are playing each other twice in the space of six months. The two sides previously met in an ODI series in November 2022. The series ended 1-1. Both sides also met at the asian cup and the T20 World Cup last year. Afghanistan they defeated Sri Lanka in the league phase while the Lankeese beat them in the Super 4 phase. Sri Lanka also won against Afghanistan by six wickets in the T20 World Cup.
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Speaking of Afghanistan, Hasmatullah Shahidi is set to lead the Afghans in this ODI series after Mohammad Nabi stepped down as the cue ball captain after the T20 World Cup. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad and Rahmanullah Gurbaz who played in the IPL are back in the national colours. dasun shanaka he will lead the Sri Lankan team in the ODI series. He asian cup Last year’s win remains his crowning achievement as Sri Lankan captain.
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Live Today SL vs AFG Weather Report & Pitch Report from Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, 3rd ODI – Sri Lanka Tour of Afghanistan 2023
The third ODI SL vs AFG kicks off at 10am IST. The temperature in the morning will be about 33 degrees in the morning. Scattered thunderstorms are expected and the weather will turn windy as the day progresses. The rain could play killjoy in the decider.
The average first innings score at the venue is around 250. However, given the way Sri Lanka batted in the second ODI, they would like to score over 300 and put pressure on Afghanistan. Ideally, they would want to replicate his second ODI performance in the decider.
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